Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0005266, Sun, 2 Jul 2000 20:17:21 -0700

Nabokov's Method of Writing and Literary Structure and Content of
His Books (fwd)
From: Camille Scaysbrook <verona_beach@hotpop.com>

I read an article somewhere (goodness knows where) that indicated that this
method is not at all as uncommon as you would think. It listed a number of
writers who used a similar method - from memory, I believe Pushkin was also
one - in which their thoughts and writings were compartmentalised and able
to be re-arranged at will to produce different effects. Interestingly, the
whole thrust of the article was the argument that the way writers write on
word-processors - cutting, pasting, and shuffling - is the refinement of
this method and actually the most natural way to transfer the natural
pattern of thought onto paper.

Camille Scaysbrook

> >He wrote on those little file cards instead of straight through on paper
> >most writers do. Would not this method be conducive to constructing those
> >elaborate games he plays in his books, especially Pale Fire, which
> >couldn't be written except by using note cards, which you can literally
> >shuffle around. Is there any study on this method of writing and how it
> >effects content?
> >
> >Phillip Iannarelli
> >Cleveland, Ohio
> >
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